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The Pandemic’s Lasting Impact on Retail Real Estate

“In our survey, many of our visitors told us that they would like to continue to see features that minimize the spread of infections, such as touch-free shopping, and that will be at the forefront of our minds as we upgrade our centers and embark on new projects.”

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Pop-up Shops – Particularly during Times of Crisis

“Long-term contracts and high upfront investments have become rare, even for large established brands.”

Pandemic as an opportunity for shopping centers’ tenants in 2021

How can Covid-19 influence the transformation of tenant structures in shopping centers? Can up-to-date data be the key in the decision-making process for the retail professionals?

Ingka Centres’ First Acquisition in the USA

The company has purchased the “6X6” building in downtown San Francisco. Following a transformation, the retail destination will be anchored by IKEA and will be complemented by mixed-use offerings.

A Time of Retail Parks and Convenience Centers

In Poland, 2020, a turbulent year, has brought about many changes in the retail market. The unexpected occurrence of the pandemic has complicated the situation for both contractors and tenants. However, Covid-19 has not so much initiated new trends as it has dynamized the existing ones. It is not only about the growing importance of the omnichannel approach, especially with regard to e-commerce; the increasing share of retail parks and convenience centers in retail sales also ranks as one of the key trends. As research has shown, smaller-scale commercial formats have been most successful in dealing with the challenges brought about by the pandemic.

Urban Regeneration: Sustainable solutions to growth

Urbanization is a global mega-trend. Therefore, urban regeneration projects have become increasingly relevant. However, one has to consider quite a few things along the journey toward a successful mixed-used scheme. The most successful projects will be those that incorporates work, life, shop, play, and access to services at inner-city locations.

bonprix’s “fashion connect” Store Concept in Hamburg Has Won “World Retail Award 2020”

The “fashion connect” store, which is owned by bonprix, was awarded one of the international “World Retail Awards” at the “World Retail Congress” on 17 September 2020.

Special Issue „What remains of 2020”

You do not want to miss this special issue. Top industry experts talk about the special year 2020.

Always a Cross-European Team Effort at Multi

Asset Management Directors Diederik Bakker and Harold van Riel and their asset management teams work closely together at Multi Corporation. This major pan-European retail service platform manages and redevelops retail properties across 14 countries in Europe and Turkey. How do they maintain sustainable asset value in a health crisis such as the current Covid-19 pandemic?

Need for Action – Refurbishments in CEE

Shopping centers have been facing a growing number of challenges in the last few years, with many retailers failing to adapt quickly enough to competition from online retail platforms and changing customer habits that reflect new priorities and expectations. Chapman Taylor Group Board Director Jon Hale and Prague Studio Director Filip Pokorny examine how malls in CEE must adapt so that they can flourish in the coming years.

“You Just Have to Play Your Cards Right”

Landlords have assets at their disposal that e-commerce lacks. That allows for a unique mix of services and experience under a single, local roof, says Markus Porvari, Founder of HyperIn and Member of the ACROSS Advisory Board.

Financing in Hand

East Gate Mall in Skopje, North Macedonia, which features approximately 250 retail units, is scheduled to open its doors in fall 2021. Balfin Group Albania is responsible for the project.

C&A Flagship in Zurich Redeveloped

Redevco has recently completed an extensive refurbishment of its C&A store in the city center of Zurich. The redevelopment has transformed it into an energy-efficient property, incorporating the clothing retailer’s latest design concept. Redevco is targeting a BREEAM In-Use Excellent sustainability rating.

An Award for Łódź

As a result of the pandemic, Mipim took place later than usual this year. However, awards were presented, as usual. The award for “Best Mixed-use Project” went to Monopolis, which is owned by Polish company Virako.

Five propositions regarding the potential of sustainable retail Parks in Germany

Retail parks and hybrids have weathered the storm of the crisis relatively well due to their high proportion of local supply. Nevertheless, in the vortex of the coronavirus crisis, the issue of sustainability seems to have fallen by the wayside in many cases. That picture, however, is deceptive. The necessary (re)alignment of retail parks and other agglomerated retail real estate properties makes it necessary for ESG criteria (environment, social, governance) to be taken into account. The following “Top 5 Lessons Learned” were taken from a recent publication on retail parks in Germany*.

Conscientious Shopping

Sustainable retail real estate is extremely popular with investors and operators these days. SES Spar European Shopping Centers is playing a pioneering role in this area throughout Europe.

The new European Council of Shopping Places: Creating a European voice for Europe’s retail property sector

“Health and safety will always be our first priority, but a tiered approach to the new Covid measures could help avoid blanket national closures.”

How important is Christmas in times like these?

“Christmas as an opportunity, especially in difficult times, to give people what they are longing for so much: happiness, the memory of the best moments of their childhood, heart-warming feelings and emotions.”

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